Norm Sauer wrote a well organized and carefully researched article debating human caused climate change that was published in The Union on Sept. 21. Two days later a caustic rebuttal was published in The Union written by a professor from Pennsylvania.
How could the professor’s article appear in The Union so fast, I ask? My theory is that our small group of local “carbon haters” met and said, “How do we respond to this well thought out attack against us? We don’t have the expertise locally to respond so let’s get help from a highly paid out of state professor to do that for us.”Learn more »
I’d like to offer my congratulations to the Nevada County Department of Social Services. For the second year in a row the department was recognized by the state of California for its fast and efficient work processing applications for the CalFresh program.
Nevada County processed 99.2 percent of the applications it received within 30 days — an impressive accomplishment — and important, too, because CalFresh is often one of the first social services people access when their financial situation declines. Providing wholesome food to families quickly can help them remain in permanent housing or pay for needed medications. In short, timely access to CalFresh can save money by preventing families from needing other more costly social services.Learn more »
John Cook notes, “Scientific skepticism is healthy. Scientists should always challenge themselves to improve their understanding.”
Yet this isn’t what happens with climate change denial, such as Mr. Sauer’s column represents.Learn more »
I would like to clear up misinformation written by Ray Bryars (Other Voices) on Sept. 25. When the Berriman Ranch project was approved in 2010, it was the intent of the developer to construct a short trail segment from the subdivision to Kmart.
At the time of approval, Kmart had “tentatively” agreed to the idea and indicated they would grant an access easement. Recently, as we entered the design phase of the project, we once again approached Kmart to secure an access easement. Their board reviewed various tie-in locations and ultimately decided not to grant an easement because they did not want to direct the public behind their buildings where there is no public access.Learn more »
On behalf of the 49er Breakfast Rotary of Nevada City, I would like to, once again, thank our faithful donors for the food and drink they supplied for our Hospitality Booth at the Barbara Schmidt-Millar Triathlon.
The unending generosity of SPD, Flour Garden Bakery, BriarPatch Co-op and SaveMart is deeply appreciated. These businesses donated baked goods, fruit and refreshments to support the athletes and volunteers at this event which raises money for the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Women’s Imaging Center.Learn more »
Regarding Tom Ferrer’s letter (Sept. 17), Earth’s hottest year on record, Mr. Ferrer dismissed the referenced website as a climate change denier’s site, ignoring the peer reviewed paper at the link showing no warming for 18 years.
He searched Google, where he claims to have found three websites showing that 2014 was the hottest year on record, citing Wiki as the source.Learn more »
Music in the Mountains Alliance extends a huge thank you to North Star House for providing the perfect venue for our event; Solune for Jacques’s sage advise and delicious wines; Chef Antonio Ayestaran and his awesome crew for another outstanding meal; Motoshi Kosako’s and Akio Sasajima’s beautiful music; Myra Nicol for our lovely invitations; our wonderful local merchants who’s donations for our auction helped raise funds for our Young Musicians programs; and to all whose attendance and support made our “Forks & Corks” food and wine pairing a success.
You are all the best!Learn more »
With all the discussion going on in our community on our homeless population, I felt I must chime in. My son, a 43-year-old man is sadly one of them. I will refer to him as “G.”
G suffers from mental illness with the co-occuring disorder of addiction. He is on probation and, like many, he cycles in and out of Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, mostly in his case because he does not check in with his probation officer.Learn more »
A study by climate scientists from Stanford University released in a report Sept. 17, 2015, debunks claims by climate change deniers that there was a recent 15-year lull in global warming.
Their study thoroughly debunks all of the statements made by Congressman LaMalfa at his recent public meeting. In short the study shows that a suspected 15 year lull in global warming, seized upon by climate skeptics as evidence that climate change had ground to a halt, never happened. The Stanford researchers blame the costly misunderstanding on faulty statistical methods. Their findings debunk the idea that global warming stalled or slowdown between 1998 and 2013, despite the fact that numerous climate studies claimed otherwise. Noah Diffenbaugh, a climate scientist in the university’s School of Energy & Environmental Sciences and co-author of the study said, “Our analysis shows that there hasn’t been any slowdown or pause, rather, it showed that global temperature is a noisy system that goes up and down, but the long term trend of global warming persists.” The full article can be read online in the September 2015 issue of Climatic Change.Learn more »
After reading the first few paragraphs of the publisher’s column, I knew immediately what movie he was talking about.
I was visiting my daughter, when we started watching this movie. After 30 minutes or so, I couldn’t handle it anymore. As was mentioned, it had to be one of the dumbest movies ever.Learn more »
There’s a significant stretch of the Deer Creek Canyon that lies between the creek and the far edge of the parking lot behind the Miners Foundry and Nevada City Winery.
Previously we brushed out upper reaches, and discovered an inordinate amount of trash, lumber, and various forms of detritus.Learn more »
I subscribe to two newspapers, a national paper and The Union. The workers producing The Union may feel it a compliment that you only steal their product, however I cannot share this pride. Currently I receive one or two newspapers a week via rural delivery instead the six newspapers that I am paying for.
I am sure you know who you are, but just in case, you are stealing from my newspaper tube along Highway 174 near Peardale. Should I be fortunate enough to get a photograph of you in action you may be assured that I will share it with the newspaper and the sheriff’s department. I assure you that I will be trying to get the picture.Learn more »
Let me start by saying I was born and raised in this gorgeous county and I love this place. A huge part of why this county is wonderful is the small-town atmosphere.
Knowing that you are safe walking down the street, and your children are safe walking home from the bus stop. Until recently. It seems there are more and more incidents of attempted child abductions. Earlier this week law enforcement was able to catch, and arrest a man that allegedly attempted to grab a 10-year-old girl. Kudos!Learn more »
I was interested in the article about the architect Travis Price who is promoting the building of container apartments for a practical and economical way of housing students.
I recently talked to my brother in Berlin where there is a great deal of activity building container apartments for refugees from Syria. This is done all over Germany as a way of accommodating refugees, although their number is so overwhelming that they cannot build them fast enough. Yet, it is a beginning.Learn more »
While visiting and shopping in Placer County the other day the cashier at Raley’s asked, “Paper or plastic?”
Seeing my shocked look she said, “You must be from Grass Valley where stores voluntarily ban plastic-single use bags.”Learn more »
Regarding Dick Sciaroni’s letter to the editor on Sept. 15, let’s not nitpick others’ credentials.
Mr. Sciaroni wants us to believe that it is not possible for the National Academy of Sciences to be politically motivated.Learn more »
Norm Sauer’s Sept. 21 column, “If you can control carbon you can control life,” takes the position that: CO2 “is clean, makes for growth, and makes it green.” 2. Man-made global warming is a conspiracy concocted by a few scientists; 3. Even if it were happening, schemes to regulate CO2 will merely transfer wealth to the government. I beg to differ.
CO2 is a naturally occurring gas that is true. Sugar also is natural, but too much causes diabetes. CO2 is our earth’s natural thermostat. But, burning fossil fuels has raised the setting, injecting too much ‘glucose’ in our atmospheric ‘bloodstream.’ Since 2000, Earth has broken all-time monthly heat records 30 times and seasonal heat records 11 times. 2015 will be a humdinger. Clearly, something’s awry.Learn more »
First, I would like to thank our vigilant letter-writing citizens and scholars for rebutting the climate bunk referred to in a recent letter by those two “doctors.”
Why should we believe the “research” these two “doctors” did regarding climate change?Learn more »
Many thanks to the generosity of Marshall’s Pasties for donating pasties to help feed the hard working volunteers on Thursday, Nov, 12.
These volunteers will be setting up for the free health care clinic happening Nov. 14-15. The clinic will be serving 500 patients a day with medical, dental, and vision care. It will be open to everyone and is free, funded by donations and run by an all volunteer staff.Learn more »
During this season, when we are dealing with massive regional wildfires and extremely thick smoke locally, I recently picked up The Union, which mentioned of neither on the front page. The only mention of either was an article about the wildfires from the Associated Press on page A8 and a picture of the smoky sun within the front section.
While I really do value the profiles of local businesses that often grace the front page, there are often local issues that should take precedence over these articles. At the ideal extreme, The Union would send a reporter to one of the wildfire areas to write an article. More practically, The Union could certainly feature an article about how the smoke is affecting daily life, and how to protect one’s health in these conditions.Learn more »
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organization with over 1.4 million members. Their motto is “We Serve,” and the members of Higgins Diggins Lions Club did just that on Sept. 19.
Fifteen members spent the day cleaning up the grounds that surround the Roy Peterson Building at the Higgins Lions Community Center, located on East Hacienda Drive, near Bear River High School in Southern Nevada County.Learn more »
Looks like the structure of the proposed new State of Jefferson has already been decided with no need for a constitutional convention or much real input from citizens.
That would be a convention like the one in 1787, where representatives needed four months of often contentious debates to form what they hoped would be a “more perfect union?” According to Fran Freedle (Other Voices, Sept. 19), just about all aspects of how the new state will be structured and governed have already been decided.Learn more »
Each year the California Retired Teachers Association supports teachers currently at work in our schools.
They volunteer, donate money, and generally honor the work we do to better our students’ lives. I would personally like to thank them for their ongoing support and for the generous monetary donation I received as a winner of one of the yearly drawings they conduct at each area school. This generous gift will enable me to purchase art materials to enhance lessons in all curriculum topics throughout the year.Learn more »
It’s been interesting to hear some of the fallout from the Marbut presentation at Center for the Arts.
As someone who has been in the trenches full-time the last three years trying to help house homeless folk, I will tell you that just as important as deciding between a Housing-First model, 24/7 Crisis-Shelter model, or hybrid version of both is the issue of cost.Learn more »
While fueling my thirsty car at the gas station, a rather unkempt man approached me and asked if I could give him some money because it seems, he also was thirsty.
Another man was fueling his shiny new car and then it seemed a good time to ask the thirsty man if he owed anybody any money. With his strong voice he said, “Owe money, me, no I don’t owe anybody anything.”Learn more »
George Rebane’s acrimonious commentary regarding Bill and Christine Newsome’s open letter to Congressman LaMalfa is a sad example of many right-winged opinion pieces and letters published in The Union.
There seems to be an undercurrent of anger mixed with presumptuous and pedantic platitudes that do nothing to foster mutual understanding of the issues being discussed.Learn more »
Recently, Mr. Robert Marbut, a guest speaker at a forum regarding homelessness, stated that handing out food is enabling. He is exactly right.
Per my Merriam-Webster … “Enable vt B. to make possible.”Learn more »
The entire Interfaith Food Ministry (IFM) organization would like to extend a special and heartfelt thank you to Paulette’s Country Kitchen and their very dedicated staff for again hosting our annual Spaghetti Fundraising Dinner on Sept. 11.
Through Paulette’s ongoing support and generosity over the past several years, IFM has been able to continue to provide meals and services to those most in need in this great community.Learn more »
Kudos to BriarPatch for helping feed the volunteers for the free health care clinic happening Nov. 14-15 at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall.
BriarPatch is providing a hot breakfast on the clinic’s Saturday, for 250 volunteers. They’re also providing fresh fruit, yogurt and fruit juices for snacks, tea, and cream and sugar for coffee, that can be used throughout the event, which includes two days for set-up and one day for tear down. The clinic will be equipped to serve 500 patients a day with free medical, dental, and vision care.Learn more »
Whenever I stop to enjoy a photograph in the Town Talk section of The Union, I can almost guarantee that it was submitted by Annita Kasparian. Thank you to a talented photographer who always manages to so beautifully capture a memorable scene.
Patricia GravesLearn more »